Where to search

It’s very easy to get lost on the internet – a simple search can quickly turn into a series of dead-ends if you don’t think carefully about where you need to be looking:

  • Search engines are a good starting point, but without carefully considered keywords and terms you could easily be misdirected. We touch upon how you can refine these terms below
  • Social media platforms can be useful, particularly LinkedIn. If you know specific companies you’d like to work for, follow them on Twitter too – you’ll get a more in-depth impression of the business
  • Company websites are ideal if you know the specific company or sector you’re interested in, but they’re likely to offer a smaller variety of opportunities
  • Recruitment agencies will offer a range of jobs usually around a more specific area of expertise. For example, if you’re looking for office jobs, then Tate’s website is an ideal destination
  • Online job boards offer a huge array of constantly updated jobs across various sectors and industries. Similarly to search engines, they can lead you in the wrong direction without careful consideration

How to refine your search

Refining what you’re looking for will help you to decide where you begin your online search. It will also improve the quality of your search and reduce the amount of time you waste looking in the wrong places.

Here are a few simple tips:


Whether you’re in Google or a job forum, choosing the right search terms is vital.

  • Try general occupations rather than specific job titles – your dream job may be phrased slightly differently to what you’re using
  • If there are filtering options, use them – filter by location and salary if you can, as this will help to narrow the results
  • If you’re not finding what you want, try other categories
  • If your search is providing too many options, use more specific information – ‘Part-time HR assistant’ will produce fewer choices than ‘HR jobs

Job Alerts

If you notice a particular website is full of jobs that sound perfect for you, sign up to their job alerts service. This is also beneficial because you’ll get the opportunity to apply for jobs as soon as they are posted, which in some cases can be a big advantage.

Thorough research

For various reasons, some companies don’t widely advertise their job opportunities. Finding these roles requires knowledge of the industry and sector you’re interested in, so, do your research. Social media can be very useful here, as you’ll be able to join groups and follow individuals who can you lead you to these hidden vacancies

What to avoid

Knowing the common pitfalls will also be essential for your online job search, and will speed up the process of getting straight to what you want. Here are a few of the most common problems:

Jobs that sound too good to be true

Unfortunately, jobs that sound too good to be true typically are. If a job makes dubious claims about what it can offer, then it may simply be an exercise in obtaining email addresses, and a waste of your time. Be cautious and examine the company in more detail. You can avoid false opportunities entirely by making your job search more specific, or by contacting us.

Applying for too many jobs

Understandably, it can be tempting to apply for as many jobs as possible, but finding your next great job is about quality, not quantity. As recruiting experts, we can quickly tell the difference between someone who has taken an application seriously, and someone who has sent the same cover letter to many different companies. One good, tailored application is worth far more than several ambiguous ones.

Jobs that are out of date

Job boards often list thousands of roles at a time, and their size is both a benefit and a hindrance. Opportunities with closing dates well in the past are a familiar feature, so, always make the deadline date the first thing you check. Filter opportunities by dates where possible, and when a role has closed, it may still be worth contacting the company – there isn’t a business in the world that doesn’t value persistence.

Jobs that you’re not qualified for

Not all companies are as forthright with their requirements as they need to be, so, it can be easy to miss the details that make you unsuitable. Be cautious and diligent when studying the person specification, and if you’re unsure, get in contact to ask whether you meet their requirements. There will be plenty of jobs that are perfect for you, so don’t waste your time on jobs that aren’t.

Above all, be specific. Narrowing what you’re looking for, and where you’re looking, will make your job search quicker and easier – and ultimately more successful.

And if you’re an office professional looking for great opportunities across the UK, you can bypass all of this by contacting one of Tate’s expert consultants. We have a variety of excellent opportunities available now.

A guide to online job searching


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